This article was written by Horton and published by S2L Recovery
Life can seem hopeless when you’re in the middle of an addiction. And these hopeless feelings can lead to resigning yourself to a life of dependence on alcohol and drugs. It’s a self-sustaining circle that keeps you in the middle of addictive activities.
However, there’s a way out. Faith based rehab facilities help people find their way out of the shadows of addiction through the teachings of the Bible. These words of truth act as a guide along the winding road to freedom from addiction. It takes a lot of work and dedication, but it is possible. Living a life free from addiction can give you a second chance.
And it all starts with a singular question: What would my life look like without an addiction?
This question can become a reality. Here’s what you can look forward to once you leave your addictions behind.
Feeling Better All the Time
Hangovers make it feel as if you just can’t get in step with the day. These persistent feelings of sluggishness, nausea, and general malaise haunt every waking moment of the life of someone struggling with addiction. This is one of the motivations to continue using. You’re always seeking a way to feel better.
But people who don’t struggle with alcohol and drugs don’t have this problem. In fact, that feeling of normalcy you are always chasing is their standard mode of operation.
This is one major benefit of freedom. You start each day without a deficit. Imagine waking up and being excited to see what the day has in store.
Those suffering from addiction often feel the need to hide their behaviors. This means they are always in fear of someone finding out their secrets. Each day is a series of deflections and hidden activities that can make the person feel as if they are not as suitable for society as others.
Freedom from addiction means you don’t have to hide anything. “ A person who hides nothing has nothing to hide” You can live your life out in the open, without worry that someone is going to learn your secrets. This boost of confidence will compound with the increased feelings of health to keep you in high spirits throughout the day.
Shame often accompanies the disappearing confidence that can be the result of a person struggling with addiction and hiding their behaviors. These situations often leave a person ashamed of how they spend their time. These people are also often ashamed of their behavior while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Shame is a great motivating factor in remaining unmotivated. It feeds into the circle of addiction which keeps the person using. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Faith based rehab facilities like S2L Recovery help you to not only conquer your addiction, but also to forgive yourself for these things of which you might be ashamed.
Using drugs and alcohol is often the result of a person running away from themself. Faith based rehab facilities not only show you the way to freedom through the teachings of Christ, they also help you to love and accept yourself for who you are.
This is an important factor in a happy, healthy life. Self-acceptance comes with greater understanding and control over your emotions and actions. Addiction makes it impossible to control these things. But your life after addiction will imbue you with capabilities you didn’t know you could have.
More Time for the Things and People You Love
Are there any activities you used to enjoy but don’t find the time for anymore? What about people? Are there members of your family or friends you haven’t seen for a long time? Addiction not only costs us our physical health. It also steals the precious time we have on Earth.
Freedom won’t be able to give this time back to you, but it can help you make the most of the time you have left. Seeing the world with clear eyes gives you the opportunity to reconnect with loved ones. Not spending your time using alcohol and drugs frees you up to rekindle your love of activities you previously enjoyed.
Overall, a life after addiction is much brighter than the darkness a person struggling with addiction might see for themselves. Each day is a new opportunity. And when you aren’t being dragged down by that darkness of addiction, these days will be full of promise.
Faith based rehab facilities offer viewpoints and possibilities other facilities can’t match. S2L Recovery helps people by teaching a 7 Principles curriculum based on 2nd Peter 1:3-10 ESV:
3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. 5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. 10 Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall.
We understand that every person is different, and a pre-set program of the traditional 12 steps isn’t going to work for everyone. This is why we take an individualized approach to treating addiction.